Trying out new recipes and perfecting flavors never gets old for my family.
Cast iron roasted chicken with South of the border flavors. Fresh pineapple, cilantro, garlic and other tasty treats makes this an excellent choice for shredding and creating the perfect street taco.
Trying out new recipes and perfecting flavors never gets old for my family.
Okay people. This is nasty. Please, PLEASE read the labels of the food you are buying to feed yourself and families. This product is really UNREAL!!!! just like the label says.
First ingredient is water followed by partially hydrogenated soybean oil and then a list of other delicious, healthy ingredients. NOT. Where is the cream in this sour cream?
I know this is just one product of millions that are being sold to us consumers. It is so wrong. Same with low fat products. That low fat product is filled with something else to replace the fat.
Be choosy with what you feed your body- Your body is an amazing machine that needs the best fuel you can give it, not to mention it's the only body you will be given.
Bread Flop 101
Of course it had to be the day that I make a meal of homemade soup, cookies and bread to deliver to a friend. The ONE day it's a dinner gift and it doesn't turn out.
After a few flops in the bread department, two times in less than 24 hours, I decided to take a break from baking bread. I literally had the bread ego popped and deflated.
I think it was good for me, plus I was eating it too much anyways...
A little cast iron quiche with grilled asparagus made me feel much better about my kitchen skills.
This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook -- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!- Julia child
Ignore the buttery, tender buttermilk biscuit. This is about the honey dripping on it. Locally grown honey, by our very own Washington bees honey.
If you have never bought local honey, you must find a source and spend the extra money on it. You will never want to buy supermarket honey again.
The taste is amazing- like I used to hide the local honey I'd buy from my kids when they all lived at home because I would catch them drinking out of the honey bottle.
At Christmas my sister and her husband gives each family member a bottle of honey. That was EIGHT bottles of fresh, local honey in our family! Asa used to keep it next to his bed to hide it.
I bought a jar (I still need to pay for it) from a friend last month. Their honey was a totally different flavor than my sisters. Equally amazing, just different flowers and completely different flavors.
Amber's honey is made from their bees that travel down the block to the blueberry farm by her house. OH MY GOSH, it is so good. I'm rationing it out so it lasts until next year.
Our family has already gone through 3 batches of these cookies since I first made them on Friday.
I hid the last double batch in the freezer which was promptly found by Noah less than 12 hours after hiding them and now they are all gone. Watch out- they are addicting.
Like you can't just eat one. Dunk em' in your tea or eat them for breakfast like I did. They have fruit in them so it's okay. Slightly chewy, slightly crunchy. If you hate coconut, I'm sorry.
Amber’s Coconut Cookies
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flaked coconut
3-4 chopped dried apricots or 1/4 cup dried chopped cherries if using
Coarse sugar for rolling the cookie dough balls in
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. using a large cookie scoop make a ball, roll the cookie ball in the course sanding sugar. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet leaving enough space for the cookies to spread out.
I give the pans a smack on the oven rack to help flatten or deflate the cookies while baking. Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Let cookies cool for a few minute These cookies freeze really well but also stay fresh in my glass cookie jar for several days on the counter.
Last night we had a delicious dinner at our new in-laws with only part of our families. Sniffle sniffle.
We had bbq'd salmon, a yummy green salad with little bits of fresh mint and basil mixed amongst the greens, duck fat roasted baby potatoes, homemade focaccia with herbs and tomatoes.
To finish off our amazing meal, Kirsten made this cake which I really, really wanted to drag my fingers through and and scoop up all the fudgy frosting that was pooling at the bottom of the cake but had to resist the temptation of doing it for fear of never getting invited back to their home...
Because of this cake, today my hair is now this color. Well almost. It is pretty dark and I rather like the change! The hair appointment was already on the books for today. The new color choice was as of last night because of this cake.
Thank you Kirsten for making this amazing cake and also inspiring me to change my hair color to a warm summer chocolate.
Another Marshman (Demetre)has graduated from AHS! Five down 1 to go. So grateful for God's protection, grace and mercy on our family of six sons.
So proud, grateful, thankful, hopeful, humbled, proud, honored to be the mom of six sons, five of which that we have cried for, prayed for, yelled at, shoved out the door, made lunched for, cleaned laundry for, have graduated from AHS! One more to go.
Grandparents from Olympia came up and spent the day with us- sitting under the umbrella to keep cool.
My dearest mum was busy in the kitchen making desserts for us to enjoy yesterday- Buttermilk Pie and Pavlova with Sweet Cream , Fresh Blueberries & Wild Blueberry Elki Preserves drizzled on top. UH-MAZING.
Not a dessert crumb was left for breakfast the next morning, boohoo.
Congratulations to all the 2015 graduates!
I started out the day thinking I was going to use up an abundance of fresh cilantro growing in our garden in a mexi meal for dinner.
Plans quickly changed when My mom said she was inspired to cook pasta and a sponge cake. I love pasta....and cake! I cannot turn a meal down that is cooked by my mom that includes pasta and cake.
Here is a quote from my moms FB today-
"Sadly, yesterday my food intake consisted of 2 toasted marshmallows, 2 of Kary's yummy meat/cabbage pies (small) + several 'high chews'...today I got inspired to cook....Ina's Bolognese, with orecchiette pasta, garlic/cheesy bread & 4 layer homemade sponge filled with raspberries & whipped cream. I will have the Flour Pot proprietor post a picture later..."
Jim Fobel's cake is moist, light, airy, tender crumbed, lightly sweetened, with fresh raspberries. It almost reminded me of one of my favorite white cakes, Tres leche which my mom also makes a few times a year.
You can make it with any fresh berries you have on hand. Even nice preserves swirled through the cream would be amazing.
The recipe comes from this classic cookbook from Jim Fobel. My mom and I both own copies of his book. Everything in it is delicious. It's an oldie but worth adding to your cookery collection.
You can buy a copy at this link for a few bucks, the price of two lattes.
Jim Fobel's Old-Fashioned Baking Book
I LOVE getting invited to friend's homes for dinner. I got called a food snob not too long ago. I'm not. But it did make me wonder if friends are nervous about cooking for me? I hope not - that is not my heart and I am all for taking an invite when I get one!
So, I want to say thank you, Roxy, for a lovely evening on your deck, eating, watching the sunset and talking. Your fearless grilling skills and pancit are da bomb - kalbi ribs that were finger-licking good that quickly turned into a pile of bones on our plates.
I also love random food stops. My mom and I heard that the fried chicken from Angel of the Winds gas station off exit 210 on I-5 was really good. So, while out and about yesterday we happened to be near that exit and my car accidently pulled in the gas station parking lot. There was a line at the fried chicken counter! It was hot, fresh, crispy and so yummy. I cannot wait to go back.
I ATE gas station fried chicken! My mom and I were laughing at ourselves.
I do love good food, but I love people more, making memories, and enjoying each day that God gives us. Celebrating life, in the moment with friends and family you love.
Tonight we had another invite, this time for a bonfire. Two invites in one weekend, I love it. Taking 'em when I get 'em, I said yes to another invite.
Inspired by the loves of my life. the hunger in my stomach and my SPONTANEOUS nature.